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Old Bank Studios

Contact Name: Beverley Caleno

Telephone: 01255 242930

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19 Kings Quay Street
CO12 3ER

Old Bank Studios
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Old Bank Studios's Courses

Essex - Next course on 6th July 2019
Learn block printing on a two day workshop at Old Bank Studios. Using Colouricious’ huge range of Indian hand carved wood printing blocks, learn how to print fabric for all your sewing and textile projects. Creatively combine block printing with stencils and gelli printing. Day 1 Fabric Design, Pattern Theory, Double Printing, Masking Day 2 Stencil Art, Block Printing Around and Through Stencils, Creating Backgrounds Click through for details and online booking or get in...
Essex - Next course on 2nd March 2019
This two day lino printing course is open to anyone wanting to discover printmaking in this most accessible form. Based at Old Bank Studios in Harwich. Beginners will learn the basics of lino cut and design and complete at least one series of prints. Those with a little more experience will be able to produce a more intricate work, with the possibility of using more than one colour. With two days you will be able...
Monday morning dressmaking course with Amanda Walker . The course begins with discussing styles, fabrics and the type of garment to make, suitable to your ability. Over the following weeks you will be taken step by step from designing through to the completion of a handmade garment with a professional finish. Old Bank Studios offers a wide range of art, craft and textile courses and work-shops. Based in a glorious Edwardian banking hall, our fully...
Essex - Next course on 15th June 2019
Join this one day collage, mixed media and print workshop at Old Bank Studios. This is an opportunity to take yourself back to a favourite destination – Along the Seashore! This course is about ‘playfulness’ and experimentation. We shall be working from images of on and around the seashore in terms of landscape, wildlife i.e. seabirds, plantlife, dogs and people, shells, seaweed and pebbles as our ‘starting point’. Using collage, we will bring it altogether...
Essex - Next course on 16th June 2019
One day lino cut printing workshop with Helen Maxfield. This Beginners’ Linocut workshop will introduce you to the materials and safe use of tools, before moving on to design and produce your own one colour print. The theme of the day will be winter/Christmas scenes or images, with the idea of turning your print into Christmas cards, however the choice is yours. Old Bank Studios offers a wide range of art, craft and textile courses...
Essex - Next course on 23rd March 2019
This workshop aims to give participants a thorough grounding in the essentials of creating beautiful atmospheric landscape paintings in acrylics. You will complete a piece from start to finish, learning about the creative potential of interactive Acrylics along the way Fraser will lead with a demonstration showing how he works and some of the topics that he will be covering. This will include painting clouds and skies and looking at ways of creating realistic and...
Essex - Next course on 7th April 2019
The day will begin with John doing a short demonstration landscape, showing the way he applies oil paint, brush control and colour mixing. He will discuss painting a sky, distance and foreground (aerial perspective) and trees. Depending on your level of experience and drawing ability, you can make your own painting as complicated or simple as you like. There will be plenty of photos to choose from to give you inspiration and ideas. John will...
Essex - Next course on 9th March 2019
This two day watercolour painting course is designed to give you the essential skills you need to begin your artistic journey in this medium. For those who have never used watercolour paints or who need to go back to the start to hone basic watercolour skills, this course will lead you slowly through the important techniques and practices needed to produce successful paintings. Choice of paints, brushes and paper will be explained. You will learn...
Essex - Next course on 4th May 2019
Join this 2 day machine embroidery course with artist Angie Hughes. The properties of velvet are quite astonishing, this workshop will include the effects achieved with dyes, inks and bleaching back in addition to transfoils, glitters and Lumiere Paint. Complete a gorgeous artwork with lots of free motion machine embroidery techniques. Old Bank Studios offers a wide range of art, craft and textile courses and work-shops. Based in a glorious Edwardian banking hall, our fully...
Essex - Next course on 11th May 2019
Join this one day flowers, collage and painting art workshop at Old Bank Studios. Following an introduction from Sally Anne about her art and career, she will begin the day with the first part of her demonstration. You will then prepare your canvas for painting and sketch out your design. After a second brief demo you will begin painting using colour, tone and balance to firm up your composition. The afternoon will begin with some...
Essex - Next course on 6th April 2019
The day will begin with a couple of demonstrations to give you ideas for flower painting and to show you techniques to use with Inks. There will be plenty of images of flowers to choose from , to use as inspiration. Sue will work with each of you individually to give you tips and help as your paintings progress. About the Artist Sue has taught watercolour and ink painting for 38 years , at Residential...
Essex - Next course on 13th July 2019
One day practical watercolour workshop in beautiful setting. With Jake to guide you, learn how to put the life into your wildlife studies through the imaginative use of colour and dynamic brushwork. He will show you how to capture the light and movement in animal subjects; an invaluable skill to be used in all your watercolour work. You will complete two paintings during the day, exploring different styles of working. Old Bank Studios offers a...
Essex - Next course on 16th March 2019
Learn to sculpt with clay at a one day sculpture workshop at Old Bank Studios in Harwich. With Trevor’s experience and guidance you will work using modern, air drying clay which is impregnated with nylon fibre, giving a strong stable finish. You will explore the use of a simple armature (the internal support for your sculpture) and a range of techniques for building and finishing in clay. Finally you will learn about acrylic finishes that...
Essex - Next course on 20th July 2019
Two day open air painting weekend, run by Old Bank Studios, Harwich. Join Roger Dellar for this full weekend Plein Air workshop and discover his process and techniques for creating an oil painting from start to finish, whilst working outside. This workshop will cover what makes a successful composition, what to include and as importantly what to leave out of a picture. Roger will also share with you the ways in which he deals with...
Essex - Next course on 3rd May 2019
Join us at Old Bank Studios for a one day machine embroidery workshop, focussing on lettering. Angie’s brand new workshop making illuminated letters using felt, foils, hand and machine embroidery. The designs are inspired by ancient manuscripts. Angie is a textile artist and tutor, who lives and works in Ledbury, Herefordshire. While a student she won the prestigious Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for Stitched Textiles with her piece ‘Unfolding Word’ and had ‘Shroud’ accepted...
Essex - Next course on 27th April 2019
Two day art workshop - learn and improve your painting technique with artist Chris Forsey. This workshop is designed to inspire and encourage you to go your own way and to take risks. The teaching will not be prescriptive or step by step, rather, you will be shown ways to use colour and design compositions and introduced to different techniques for mark making. The rest is up to you! Each day will start with Chris...
Essex - Next course on 28th September 2019
Over the two days of this Mixed Media Weekend you will produce two different works using a host of materials and techniques. One day will incorporate the use of paint, ink, crayon, pastel, mediums and pastes, whilst the other will use some of these, but with more of an emphasis on collage. There will be lots of advise on colour use, composition and importantly how to create appealing marks and textures. You can work from...
Essex - Next course on 10th February 2019
Join Rosie at Old Bank Studios and learn how to construct a unique 2D picture from Marino wool. Using the needle felting method you will be able to produce a beautiful scene to your own design, “painting” with a huge range of coloured wool, under the patient guidance of Rosie. During many years in textiles and visiting numerous exhibitions, events and craft shows, I have never come across a felt artist as talented Rosie and...
Essex - Next course on 14th April 2019
One day needle felting workshop in Harwich - suitable for beginners, absolutely no experience necessary. Join Rosie and learn how to sculpt your favourite pooch or any other animal from Marino wool Using the needle felting method you will be able to produce a beautiful, soft animal figure, under the patient guidance of Rosie. She will teach you how to make a flexible frame and then gradually build up layers of wool to sculpt your...
Essex - Next course on 14th July 2019
One day sketching and drawing workshop in Harwich. Mike Riches is a passionate sketcher and each of his many sketchbooks is simultaneously a work of art, a journal and future source of reference material. Join Mike as we venture outside to capture some of wealth of subjects and scenes to be found in Harwich. The day will begin with a brief talk about the virtues of sketching, materials and methods, whilst taking the opportunity to...
Essex - Next course on 12th October 2019
Learn to paint portraits in the style of Van Gogh on this one day art workshop. Van Gogh produced many self portraits in the course of his life. They represent the artist’s ongoing fascination with who he was but also his exploration of how light falls on flesh and the beautiful, complexity of colour produced. Add to this his characteristic, expressive, brushwork and for the artist it becomes a great, fun, challenge. On the course...
Essex - Next course on 12th May 2019
Paul Alcock is a prolific sketcher, using his sketchbooks to record daily life where ever he is; honing his skills as an artist and producing reference for future paintings. You can join Paul on a trip around Old Harwich with its wealth of historic buildings and marine subjects and be introduced to one of his favourite methods of sketching. Using brush markers in three different shades of grey on tonal paper you will be able...
Essex - Next course on 23rd February 2019
A fantastic weekend which sees you completing a charming footstool in your own choice of fabric. Some quilting and sewing machine experience necessary. Old Bank Studios offers a wide range of art, craft and textile courses and work-shops. Based in a glorious Edwardian banking hall, our fully equipped studios provide ideal spaces where students can work in a relaxed, ambient atmosphere. Located in the heart of Old Harwich, we are just a few yards from...
Essex - Next course on 21st September 2019
Two day mosaic course with Anne Schwegmann-Fielding. Create your own panel using ceramic and glass tesserae along with a variety of recycled materials. Learn all the techniques needed to complete your own project under the guidance of experienced Mosaic Artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding. Mosaic is a wonderfully versatile medium. Using a range of colours and materials, you can transform simple designs into beautiful mosaics which will last forever! The workshop enables you to explore techniques and...
Essex - Next course on 18th May 2019
This two day watercolour workshop will take place mostly in the open air (unless the weather is very bad), with some studio time as well. It is suitable for watercolour painters with some experience, whether plein air or studio based. To begin this two day workshop Andrew will paint a demonstration watercolour, explaining as he does so the things you need to know about working outside. He will offer advise on colour use and mixing,...
Essex - Next course on 8th June 2019
This is a great opportunity to work with one of East Anglia’s best willow workers - Jo Hammond. On this full day course, which will take place within our walled garden (weather permitting, otherwise in our spacious studio) Jo will introduce to willow sculpture and the use of freeweave. You will learn how to create a framework, how to cover and shape the frame with freeweave, and how to build the head, legs and ears...
Essex - Next course on 17th March 2019
Explore pastel art and how to capture wildlife in pastels on this one day art course in Harwich, including lunch and a cream tea. Vic will guide you through the stages and techniques for using pastels on velour – no previous experience is necessary – which you can then use for any subject of your choice. By careful selection of colours and soft highlights, you will learn how to be more creative with your photos,...